Nonfiction November has been amazing for picking up book recommendations and it’s only the second week! This week is hosted by Leslie at Regular Rumination and the topic is Be The Expert/Ask the Expert/Become the Expert which I love because I never would have thought about this otherwise.
BECOME THE EXPERT – SHAKESPEARE
I love the Bard, but realized while I have watched many of his plays and movie adaptations of his plays, I haven’t necessarily gained true insight into what makes Shakespeare a genius. I put together a list of books I think might help me become more of an expert.
How to Read Shakespeare by Nicholas Royle – Even though I love his plays, I have a heck of time reading Shakespeare because the dialogue is so hard for me to grasp. Described as a personal master class, this seems like a good way of addressing my shortcoming.
How Shakespeare Changed Everything by Stephen Marche – Esquire columnist, Stephen Marche’s book appeals to the pop culture lover in me as it talks about how Shakespeare permeates our everyday lives.
Shakespeare by Michael J. Cummings – A definitive guide that analyzes all of the plays and poems of Shakespeare, as well as answers all of the questions we have about his work.
Shakespeare: The World as Stage by Bill Bryson – Since there are hundreds of Shakespeare biographies out there, I thought I might as well start with Bryson since he’s such a popular nonfiction writer. Does anyone have any other recommendations?
A Feminist Companion to Shakespeare edited by Dympna Callaghan – Nineteen essays by women address the importance of Shakespeare to feminism and feminist issues.
Have you read any of these books or have suggestions? How is your Nonfiction November going?